Essay On God Is Eternal

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Opinions of God’s existence vary greatly, so has the question of God’s capabilities as a greater being. Yet, those who believe in the existence of God can agree unanimously on the idea that God is eternal. The teaching that God is ‘eternal’ is across many religious scriptures from Christianity to Judaism and is recurrently acknowledged by theologians. The term eternal is associated with earthly and time, and the belief that God is eternal relates to the idea that God defies time. This classical argument has faced objections of what the definition of eternity, calling rather for God as an everlasting entity.
Challenges to God being eternal are from the objections with how ‘eternity’ has been typically defined. Aquinas disagrees with the definition provided by Boethius, “the simultaneously whole and complete possession of endless life” (p.482), because of words that are used hold loose meanings. The term life used in the definition implies that whoever holds a life of eternality must
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For the time is the measure of something before and after in change, there is a capability of successiveness. God exists throughout time, yet, free from a beginning and an end. Anything to exist in time must be changing from its beginning until its very end, showing a successiveness. Characterizing eternity is accepting that what can exist in eternity is endless, “eternity itself exists as a simultaneous whole, lacking successiveness.” (p. 483). Things are happening all at once with no portions of time within a whole, the beginning, middle and end are recurrently happening altogether unchangeable. The simultaneity that Boethius delivers in his definition refers to the possibility of two measures existing in each other. Such as an hour and a day can occur concurrently because an hour is enclosed in a day. Leading to the inference that time is contained within eternity, they both are intertwined
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